RBC Canadian Open Round 1: Bradley Leads By One Shot

Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley talks with his caddie on the 14th hole during the first round of the RBC Canadian Open at Hamilton Golf and Country Club on June 06, 2019 in Hamilton, Canada. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Keegan Bradley opened with a 63 and leads the RBC Canadian Open by one shot after 18 holes at Hamilton Golf & Country Club. It was Bradley’s third sub-65 score in his last four rounds at the Canadian PGA Tour event.

“Just solid top to bottom. I hit almost every fairway, almost every green, and then holed some putts,” said Bradley, who made five-consecutive birdies (Nos. 7-11) to tie his career-best streak (R2/2018 CIMB Classic).

“With me it’s all about the putter. When that thing gets going I can do stuff like I did today.”

Five players were tied for second at 6-under par, including Irishman Shane Lowry, while eight more were deadlocked at 5-under 65, highlighted by former major winners Graeme McDowell, and Jimmy Walker.

Headliners: Rory McIlroy carded 67, while Brooks Koepka and Justin Thomas finished even-par 70. Defending champion Dustin Johnson struggled to a first-day 71.

First-Round Leaderboard: Top-5

1. Keegan Bradley -7 (63)
2. Shane Lowry -6 (64)
2. Sungjae Im -6 (64)
2. Nick Taylor -6 (64)
2. Erik van Rooyen -6 (64)
2. Roberto Castro -6 (64)

Top-20 Ranked Notables

World Rank-Player (To Par, Pos)
01. Brooks Koepka (E, T84)
02. Dustin Johnson (+1, T106)
04. Rory McIlroy (-3, T25)
06. Justin Thomas (E, T84)
13. Matt Kuchar (-5, T7)
19. Bubba Watson (+1, T106)
20. Webb Simpson (-4, T15)

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